HR. 305 - Presidential Tax Transparency Act

(Last updated August 29, 2017)


Summary

HR. 305 is a House bill which would require the President to disclose federal tax returns for the three most recent years to the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), and would require candidates for President to disclose the same tax returns to the Federal Elections Commission (FEC). These tax returns would be released to the public after making appropriate redactions.

If the required tax returns are not disclosed, the OGE or FEC must request them from the IRS, which would be required to comply.


Status

HR. 305 was introduced into the House by Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA-18) on January 5, 2017. It was referred to the House Ways & Means Committee and the House Oversight Committee.

San Diego County Co-Sponsors:

  • Susan Davis: Yes
  • Duncan Hunter: No
  • Darrell Issa: No
  • Scott Peters: Yes
  • Juan Vargas: Yes

    Republican Co-Sponsors:

    • Justin Amash (R-MI-3)
    • Walter B. Jones (R-NC-3)
    • Mark Sanford (R-SC-1)
    • Ted Yoho (R-FL-3)

    On April 5, 2017, Rep. Eshoo filed a motion to discharge. This motion, if joined by a majority of House Representatives, would allow the bill to be brought to the House floor without being reported favorably by a committee.

    San Diego County Discharge Petition Supporters:

    • Susan Davis: Yes
    • Duncan Hunter: No
    • Darrell Issa: No
    • Scott Peters: Yes
    • Juan Vargas: Yes

      As of August 29, 2017, the discharge petition has been signed by 193 Members of Congress. Two House Democrats have not yet signed the discharge petition:

      One House Republican has signed the discharge petition:

      • Walter B. Jones (R-NC-3)

      Call Scripts

      MoC has already co-sponsored:

      "Hi, my name is _____ and I'm calling from _____ (zip code). I'm calling to thank _____ (MoC name) for supporting and co-sponsoring HR. 305, to get the President's taxes released. I'm glad I can count on _____ (MoC name) to fight for the integrity of our democracy. I'd like to ask _____ (MoC name) to take one step further and join the discharge petition on this bill. Thank you."

      MoC has not yet co-sponsored:

      "Hi, my name is _____ and I'm calling from _____ (zip code). I'm calling to ask _____ (MoC name) to please support and co-sponsor HR. 305, to get the President's taxes released. I believe that the American people deserve to know whether their President is being influenced by foreign governments or corporations, or whether he is using his office to enrich himself, and his tax returns are a good first step in finding that out. Please co-sponsor this bill, and join the discharge petition so that it can be brought to the House floor. Thank you."

       
       
       

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